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|Victoria’s Flower Dictionary in “The Language of Flowers” Novel|
|Flower & Plant Information and Photos - Meanings of Flowers|
Vanessa Diffenbaugh's novel "The Language of Flowers" tells the story of Victoria, a young woman from the foster-care system who uses the Victorian language of flowers to communicate with others and make sense of her troubled past.
Diffenbaugh created Victoria's Flower Dictionary by reviewing several dictionaries - "The Flower Vase" by Miss S. C. Edgarton, "Language of Flowers" by Kate Greenaway, "The Language and Sentiment of Flowers" by James D. McCabe, and "Flora's Lexicon" by Catharine H. Waterman - and scanning the meanings, selecting the definition that occurred most often or she liked the best.
"My goal was to create a usable, relevant dictionary for modern readers, Diffenbaugh said. "I deleted plants from the Victorian dictionaries that are no longer common, and added flowers that were rarely used in the 1800s but are more popular today."
Diffenbaugh asks readers: "Knowing what you now know about the language of the flowers, to whom would you send a bouquet and what would you want it to say?"
Click here for Victoria's Flower Dictionary. (PDF)